The boards are insisting on upending decades of labor practice by sticking to a proposal that would invalidate negotiated salary schedules in the event that a contract expires without a successor in place. In other words, they want to be able to declare an imposition, then not be bound by terms of the agreement that expired.
The teachers have been frustrated at the pace of negotiations, and, at this point, are not convinced that the board is as serious about a reaching a negotiated settlement as they should be.
Walking away from the table is a mistake, not just for teachers, but for our schools, our communities and our students. Please consider attending the Jan. 5 meeting at Mt. Abe starting in the auditorium and encourage your board members to keep bargaining to work out a fair settlement for both sides.
The teachers stand ready and able to reach a deal that is fair to teachers, good for the schools and fair to taxpayers. It can be done. A decision to impose is not the answer.
ANEDA Spokesperson & Chief Negotiator